An Australian man has beaten 75 other contestants
from around the world to win a race up the stairs of the world's tallest
building, Taipei 101.
Paul Crake, 30, ran up 91 floors containing 2,046 steps in 10 minutes,
Mr Crake, who has won a similar race up the Empire State Building five
times, won US$5,920 in prize money.
The women's race was won by Austrian Andrea Mayr, who finished in 12
mins, 38 seconds and also won a $5,920 prize.
Austrian Rudolf Reitheiger, who beat Mr Crake in this year's Empire
State Building race, came second in the men's competition.
Mr Crake and Ms Mayr missed out the $30,000 on offer for
completing the gruelling
race in under 10 or 12 minutes respectively.
A further 1,001 people took part in a so-called "self-challenging" race
up the skyscraper.
Taipei 101 is 508 metres tall and was finished in 2003, although
Chinese developers have said Shanghai's World Financial Centre will be
taller when completed in 2007.
"Tower-running" races take place up the tallest buildings and
structures across the world.
The Sears Tower in Chicago, the CN tower in Toronto and the Azrieli
tower in Tel Aviv have all held recent events.
Runners also race up the longest staircase in the world - the service
staircase for the Niesenbahn railway near Spiez, Switzerland, which has
An event for the long-distance stairway runner also takes place in Radebeul, Germany,
where competitors run up 397 stairs 100 times to equal the height
of Mt Everest.